Super Bowl XXXVI

Super Bowl XXXVI
Super Bowl XXXVI Logo.svg
1234 Total
STL 30014 17
NE 01433 20
DateFebruary 3, 2002 (2002-02-03)
StadiumLouisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
MVPTom Brady, quarterback
FavoriteRams by 14[1]
RefereeBernie Kukar
Current/Future Hall of Famers
Rams: Isaac Bruce, Marshall Faulk, Orlando Pace, Kurt Warner, Aeneas Williams
Patriots: Ty Law
National anthemMariah Carey
Coin tossGeorge H. W. Bush and Roger Staubach
Halftime showU2
TV in the United States
AnnouncersPat Summerall, John Madden, Pam Oliver and Ron Pitts
Nielsen ratings40.4
(est. 86.8 million viewers)[3]
Market share61
Cost of 30-second commercial$1.9 million
Radio in the United States
NetworkWestwood One
AnnouncersHoward David, Boomer Esiason, Lesley Visser, John Dockery and James Lofton

Super Bowl XXXVI was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion St. Louis Rams and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2001 season. The Patriots defeated the Rams by the score of 20–17. It was New England's first Super Bowl championship, and the franchise's first league championship of any kind.[a] The game was also notable for snapping the AFC East's long streak of not being able to win a Super Bowl championship, as the division's teams had lost eight Super Bowls in total (prior to the Patriots victory in XXXVI). This was the last Super Bowl to feature the St. Louis Rams; after relocating to Los Angeles in 2019, the Rams returned to the NFL's championship game in Super Bowl LIII, in which they were again defeated by the Patriots.

The game was played at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 3, 2002. Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks earlier in the season, the NFL postponed a week of regular-season games and moved the league's playoff schedule back. As a result, Super Bowl XXXVI was rescheduled from the original date of January 27 to February 3, becoming the first Super Bowl played in February. The pregame ceremonies and the halftime show headlined by the Irish rock band U2 honored the victims of 9/11. Due to heightened security measures following the attacks, this was the first Super Bowl designated as a National Special Security Event (NSSE) by the Office of Homeland Security (OHS). The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which replaced the OHS in 2003, later established the practice of naming each subsequent Super Bowl an NSSE. Additionally, it was the last Super Bowl to be played in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina slammed the city on August 29, 2005; the first since then was Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.

This game marked the Rams' third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history and the second in three seasons. St. Louis posted an NFL-best 14–2 regular season record, led by quarterback Kurt Warner and "The Greatest Show on Turf" offense. The Patriots clinched their third Super Bowl berth after posting an 11–5 regular season record, led by second-year quarterback and first-year starter Tom Brady and a defense that ended the regular season ranked sixth in scoring.

Although the Rams out-gained the Patriots 427–267 in total yards, New England built a 17–3 third-quarter lead off three Rams turnovers. After a holding penalty in the fourth quarter negated a Patriots fumble return for a touchdown, Warner scored a 2-yard touchdown run and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to tie the game, 17–17, with 1:30 remaining. Without any timeouts, Brady led his team down the field to set up kicker Adam Vinatieri's game-winning 48-yard field goal as time expired. Brady, who completed 16 of 27 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown, was named Super Bowl MVP. With the Rams being 14-point favorites, it was the biggest upset in a Super Bowl since Super Bowl III and, as of the 2020 season, the biggest upset since the AFL–NFL merger.

  1. ^ "America's Favorite Game: the Super Bowl". NFL Enterprises, LLC. January 21, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  2. ^ "Super Bowl XXXVI: New England 20, St. Louis 17". National Football League. February 4, 2002. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Historical Super Bowl Nielsen TV Ratings, 1967–2009 – Ratings". TVbytheNumbers. Archived from the original on February 8, 2010. Retrieved October 9, 2012.

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